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this morning on "early today," tackling tax cuts. president obama sets the stage for a showdown with republicans over plans to stimulate the economy. devastation in detroit. flames sweep through dozens of homes in michigan. and no horsing around. florida officials take no chances with a toy pony bomb scare. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with getting personal. president obama will dig deep during his speech in cleveland
today where according to administration officials he'll draw on his own personal background to convince voters that he knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to recuse the company. tracie, food morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner and also in a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus he wanted to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off business investments giving them more money to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments tomorrow that are creating
hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> reporter: all of it ending for tax breaks by big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around out-of-control spending. >> it's to aid democrats in november that's sick of washington politics. >> the state of the nation is what should be the driving force and not whether you do it by republicans or somewhere in between. >> president obama today hopeli hoping the promise of more jobs will convince voters to stick with his party. of course, the president can't get any of this done without congress and specifically without republicans here, and most of the members of congress this year up for re-election. lynn? >> tracie potts in washington. tracie, thank you. bp is in the spotlight this morning as it prepares to
release an in-depth report on the gulf oil disaster. bp accepts some but not all of the blame for the worst environmental disaster in u.s. history. critics are already questioning the summary's credibility compiled mostly by bp employees with the inevitable task of exposing the company to landslide of legal liability or pointing the finger elsewhere. meanwhile some good news from a new government data report showing my kroebs are consuming the oil in the gulf without depleting the oxygen in the water. firefighters are fighting to contain fires in detroit. officials say 50-mile-per-hour winds and dry conditions are fueling flames that have so far consumed at least two dozen homes. the strong winds also toppled several power lines throughout the city, leaving at least 113,000 homes and businesses without electricity. detroit's fire chief said yesterday it was one of the worst days for fire he's seen in
his more than 35 years with the department. so far luckily there have been no injuries reported. and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in oklahoma a man is behind bars after leading police on a three-county high-speed chase in a carjacked vehicle. police say the suspect and an accomplice who was later captured were part of a tri-county crime spree which involved a shooting and at least four other carjackings. the suspect finally surrendered after a wheel blowout. a florida elementary school was under lockdown for about an hour after a protruding stuffed pony seen with wires was nearby. they did not take any chances. they blew the stuffed animal to bits. no explosives were found inside. and in new york former jetblue flight attendant steven slater faceded a judge on criminal mischief charges. slater facing various charges after cursing a passenger and
slid down an emergency exit chute will see a psychologist w whose evaluation will factor into plea deal negotiations which could qualify him for community service rather than jail. and for a look at your national and regional weather, we welcome back in meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. >> we welcome it in. >> this is the last day of summer. >> that's the rumor. you're not saying it because it's the last day of summer. temperature. >> that's about it. i'm sure a lot of students and teachers won't complain. it was a hot day yesterday in many areas. this cold front that's racing through the great lakes for the eastern seaboard will arrive for everyone by the time tomorrow comes by. now, we have an active weather map. hermine is still producing heavy rains and flooding conditions from dallas down to austin and on the west coast, another big storm. so all of a sudden you're starting to look like fall on the weather map with a lot of strong fronts and areas of big pressure.
here's the cool air rushing down through the great lakes. it will be a chilly start to your day around chicago, detroit, back to minneapolis and just that heavy rain threat down through texas all day long. look at the spin here and the swirl, sucking up the moisture in the gulf over the top of dlaks. you're going to get soaked all day. our computers are estimating at least as much as three to four inches of rain in between abilene and ft. worth. texas is soggy. enjoy one more day of summer weather with near 90 degree weather from new york to d.c. but here's that cool stuff back in the northern plains that will head to the east coast tomorrow. that's a look at the national forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. you can see the temperature differential. atlanta today, another 90 degrees. but look at milwaukee, a high today of only 68. your morning lows will be chilly there in the 40s and 50s in much of wisconsin. lynn, when we come back, i'll let you know how much cooler you'll expect it to be. it's all about you today. we're going to give the lynn forecast.
>> and everybody else on the eastern seaboard. thank you, bill. well, a rude return on wall street, big breakfast plans, and what's in a word or more accurately a nop word. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, he's known for keeping his emotions in check on the field, but according to reports the same can't be said of his girlfriend. another milestone for trevor hoffman, one play is flying high and possibly the biggest loss of reggie bush's career. you're watching "early today." >
back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. u.s. forces are investigating what caused a kurdish iraqi soldier to open fire on a group of u.s. soldiers yesterday in northern iraq, and it killed two, wounding nine others. the two americans were the first
u.s. service members to be killed in iraq since the obama administration declared an end to combat operations last week. government officials are turning up the pressure on a florida pastor who's planning to burn copies of the koran on saturday's anniversary of the september 11th terror attacks. attorney general eric holder yesterday called the plan idiotic and dangerous while secretary of state hillary clinton condemned it as disrespectful and disgraceful. the imam working on ground zero say it will include separate prayer spaces for muslims, christians, s jews, and other faiths. he also vows to complete the center and promises to clearly identify itself financial backers. after 21 years in office, chicago mayor richard daley says he will not run for re-election next year. his stunning announcement
yesterday opens the door for a possible by chief of staff ron emmanuel who said it's no secret he'd like to run for mayor some day. and 33 men trapped underground in chili -- chile got a morale boost when the rescuers dropped a mini projector allowing them to watch a soccer match against ukraine. here's an early look at how the dow will kick off the day. it opens at 10,340 after losing 107. the s&p fell 12 points, the nasdaq dropped 24. taking a look at over seas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei sank 201 points, while in hong kong the hang seng shot down 312. traders returning to wall street yesterday were immediately greeted with fears from european banks which led to an unexpected down day. "wall street journal" report that major lenders across the pond understated potentially
risky holdings in government debt gave investors a reason to sell after strong gains last week, wall street's best in the past two months. most analysts took the hit in stride, pointing out yesterday's light volume which tends to exaggerate market moves. still others saw reason for concern, particularly with so-called safe haven stock alternatives like treasuries and gold jumping. gold rose to an all-time high settling just over $1,259 an ounce. among advancers oracles with up almost 6% after hiring mark hurd the former boss at hewlett-packard as co-president. meanwhile hp sued hurd asking or call to block him putting trade secrets in peril. u.s. steel shares rose 4%. bristol-myers squibb says it will acquire biotech company for
$800 million. boeing announced it's slim ing down its equipment service and cutting workers. the job cuts will start with 10% of the group's executives with more layoffs to come. burger king is introducing nine new breakfast items and planning a major breakfast marketing blitz, all with an eye toward eating up some of mcdonald's morning business. and, mer miami webster's word of the summer is not even a real word. refudiate. sarah palin's attempt to splice and refudiate led it to go more searches on the online dictionary. tiger makes the cut, venus marches on, and it looks like reggie bush will loose the statue. plus, closer trevor hoffman hits a nice round numb were for his all-time save record. your early morning sports
step of stripping reggie bush of the most coveted trophy in college sports. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. after the opening weekend of college football the biggest story so far has been off the field. yahoo!'s sources report that former running back reggie bush will be stripped of his 2005 heisman trophy by the end of the month. according to sources they will side with the findings that bush accepted improper benefits while at usc making him ineligible during the 2005 season. the organization has since released a statement saying that yahoo!'s reports are inaccurate. if bush is indeed stripped of the heisman, he'll be the first player in the 75-year history of the award to have it taken away. golf, tiger woods received good news. zack johnson, 21-year-old ricky fowler also made the squall. ryder cup starts october 21st and can be seen on nbc. baseball. rah maerz had a little fun with the rookies. pick it up in the eighth.
tied at seventh. an rbi single down the line. phillies took the lead and also first place in the nl east with an 8-7 win. the brewers' trevor hoffman added another mile to his illustrious career. got aaron miles to ground out. brewers beat the cards, 4-2. what in the world has gotten to blue jays vernon wells. he'd gone deep in three straight games and last night he hit two homers against the rangers. toronto handed texas its fifth straight loss, 8-5. u.s. open tennis, vee two-time american champ is the loan-american left. that's because sam quary was news advanced. knocked out by stan wawrinka in a five-set match that took four hours to compete. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. well, who does the rumor mill say has grabbed the female lead in the new spider-man film?
and an evacuation of a mobile home park. the flooding in texas early today, as far as what we're going to be dealing with it's mostly texas to oklahoma. the heavy rain will spread. the east coast is pretty dry for the most part and it's going to be warm too. temperatures near 80 to 90 degrees. cooler air is back in the northern plains and that will rush to the east coast. tomorrow, a good 15 to 20 die degrees cooler in some cases. well, if you're watching us on wdiv 4, detroit, michigan, experience the best of local artists from sculptures to painting in nearby ann arbor at the annual all media exhibition at the ann arbor art center. and that's your "early today" event of the day, lynn. >> thanks, bill. and now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. yoko ohno is said to be very pleased to keep her husband's killer behind bars. a new york parole board turned down mark david chapman citing, quote, the disregard you displayed for the norms for our society and the sanctity of
human life. chapman was sentenced 20 years to life for shooting john lennon outside his manhattan home in 1980. u.n. good will ambassador angelina jolie met flood victims in northwestern pakistan yesterday, appealing the world to come to the aid of the country. hilary duff was spotted with a script for the new spider-man film, leading to speculation she got the female lead. and, finally, a lawyer for minka kelley, an actress, denies reports that she had a major meltdown on a new york to l.a. flight after being told she couldn't put her don on a seat during takeoff. tmz reports it took all seven flight attendants and a personal plea from the pilot and a phone call from boyfriend derek jeters i would imagine that finally calmed kelly down.
>> i don't blame her. she paid extra to put the dog in the seat. >> not when you -- >> is it that much -- >> follow the rules. you've got derek jeter. what else do you want? be happy. >> this comes to us from wnbc 4 new york where out of tragedy hopefully comes healing. construction workers at the world trade center site installed a 50-ton steel column salvaged from the september 11th attacks in new york city. the support beam will serve as part of the entryway to the future 9/11 memorial and museum being built to forever commemorate the world trade center ground zero site and those who tragically lost their lives there. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station.
>> good morning, everyone. i'm tony pann. things will be fairly quiet. a little front will come through this morning. we're picking up a few light showers in the mountains. those could progress around baltimore and still put a 30% chance on something this morning. today a mixture of sunshine and clouds. a slight chance for a shower this morning. breezy with high temperatures in the upper 80's. we'll take a look at the seven-day forecast. >> the time now 4:57.
>> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thank you for joining us for 11 news today. >> tony pann? >> a little warm yesterday. we hit 90 degrees again. we broke the old record. 55 days that we've hit 90 degrees, a record for us near baltimore. today we'll be close. upper 80's. tomorrow we'll have a cold front coming will